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05 May 2008 @ 09:38 am
Andrei "lordandrei" Freeman: running for advisory board  

I'm running for the Advisory Board for LiveJournal.

The reasons I decided I would be a good candidate are:

1) I have been an active user of LiveJournal for over 5 years. I established my primary LiveJournal account in October 2001. In that time I have brought many users into LiveJournal (ah, who remembers invite codes). I have helped develop software clients that work with LiveJournal (iJournal, Xjournal, NewsAccess). I have started several communities, some of which prosper today without my participation (con_central)

2) I have been working researching and developing in the technology area of "Social Networking" for about 20 years. My experience as a net-based user of network based social tools goes back 30 year. (Writing and running BBS software in Basic on an Apple ][ in 1979. Go, go Gadget 300 baud modems!) I work in the software industry as an engineer. I understand how software is put together and what the business end of the software life cycle is. I'm also a user and want to be able to use LiveJournal.

3) I feel I have a balanced view on the topics. I believe strongly in the freedom of speech. At the same time I am the parent of a toddler and am strongly concerned on giving parents working tools necessary to meet their needs for filtering content. I strongly acknowledge that LiveJournal is a business that offers resources to many countries and many legal jurisdictions that may not share the same freedoms. As a result, to keep the service alive, some concessions need to be made that will ultimately be unpleasing to some. Finally, I believe that the end user is the customer. This is the person who will choose to use the service or find an alternative. Being honest, fair, and open with the end user is the most important way to keep them feeling part of the process and not driven to find those alternative services.

4) I am for the most part... sane. My primary journal (for the most part) is open to the public. I filter comments from those who I don't have on my flist. My posts span the range from family updates, technical observations, and the occasional rant, drivel, or (perish the thought) pointless meme.

I don't consider myself the average user. But I strongly consider myself a typical user. And I think that in itself is what we need as a representative on the Advisory Board.

No, funny pictures this time. No begging for support here.

If you support my nomination please comment using (at least) the phrase: "I support this nomination"

Thank you.

With well over 100 comments, I have been approved as a candidate on the final ballot and thank everyone who has supported this nomination. I'd thank everyone individually in the thread below, but would like to keep it as free as possible for easy counting by the staff. P.S. please feel free to tell others that they can keep adding nomination support to the comment lists in support all week.

I have made a post in my own journal where I welcome questions, issues, and discussion of what the next step is in this election process.

Thank you again.
Current Location: Office
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
nikkie_noonikkie_noo on May 5th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination.
Starry: 01-Trinity *Made by neolotus*lost_cosmos on May 5th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
d00d you got an html error in your post.

i can't believe no one commented to that effect.
Andrei Freemanlordandrei on May 6th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
Much thanks
I think it was trying to use the parenthesis that overrode my thinking to actually put in the html delimiter tags. Thanks very much for catching the oversight. Code's been fixed.
Lady Equinelady_equine on May 5th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination.
elspeth: Son Goku Black and Whitebeing_elspeth on May 5th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination.
Tikvah (not to be confused w/the fabulous "Tikva"): John Stewart clapping by jivril via hangtikvah on May 5th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination.
georgepene on May 5th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
I support this nomination
measurethrice on May 6th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
I support this nomination
I support this nomination
Lexicatlexicat on May 6th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
"I support this nomination"
guidopaganos on May 6th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
I support the nomination of lordandrei for a position on the livejournal user advisory board.
firebirdgrrl on May 6th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
I support this nomination!
"Gwynn" Aaron G. Peabodygwynn_aaron on May 6th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
I support this nomination.
Ariargent93 on May 6th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
I support this nomination.
Amandacissa on May 6th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
i support this nomination.
andiandi_sunrider on May 6th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
I support this nomination, even if there are already 100 people!
vonvoncakevonvoncake on May 6th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
I support lordandrei for the Advisory Board.